Retirement Announcement

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Looks like this is a season of retirements.

The most famous one being retirement announcement by the Tennis Legend Roger Federer. Thanks Sir for all the entertainment over the years. I have been a great fan of yours and always looked up to you for inspiration in skill, stamina, excellence, perseverance and humility.

There is just so much to learn from you.

Last month, Serena Williams also announced to hang her boots over a celebrated career of 27 years winning 73 titles. Another great story of excellence in sports and effectiveness on two sides of the green court.

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Another illustrious career of Jhulan Goswami came to conclusion last week leaving the world of cricket with a lot of inspirational story. This coming in the ‘Gentleman’s game’ is very special. Jhullu as she is famously known had a successful career of fast medium pace bowling in the international cricket arena. A career that spanned over 20 years started at a time when Indian Women’s cricket was not even a recognisable career option. Hats off to you Jhullu for your contribution to the game of cricket.

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Now, I also hear that the great Cricket legend MS Dhoni is planning to make a major announcement of retiring even from IPL. Dhoni has been the perfect underdog story who went on to dominate the world of cricket over the years. Him bringing his IPL career to an end is a true end to a phenomenal era. By the time, this is published this news is not yet confirmed.

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Now, one can accuse me of just talking about two sports. But these are the only sports that I really followed for a very long time in my life. Swimming being another. But its nowhere close to these two sports.

Inspired by so many exits in my favorite sports. I also am happy to announce my retirement from Wordle. My hobby for brain teasers and especially English language based has been a companion for long time. I was happy to top the leaderboard multiple times in the 7 little words puzzle in Economic Times. It always felt proud to feature there.

When Wordle was launched, it completely captivated me. I would not start the day without cracking the Wordle puzzle. Over the last few months, I had cracked the toughest of these puzzles in a reasonable number of attempts.

As days, weeks and then months passed, I perfected my art of solving Wordle. As a habit, I used to share my happiness with some of my close ones in friends and family. In one particular group comprising of my B-school batchmates, sharing the Wordle result daily became a hot topic. Some people even dared leaving the group if this as not paused. Thankfully love and respect for each other prevailed and sharing continued till today.

However, as I perfected my art of solving Wordle over a period of time, I also started thinking the day when I would stop this. I had set two conditions for myself to stop this –

  1. Either I am not able to solve the puzzle
  2. Or I have a hat-trick (thrice in a row) of solving the puzzle in 2 or less attempts.

I achieved the latter today and so keeping the promise with myself. I happily ANNOUNCE RETIREMENT from Wordle!

Here are some stats:

Thanks to everyone who supported me in this journey! It was not possible without you.

Signing off on Wordle!

#MondayMotivation #Independence

The last few days have been filled with the greatest feeling of all, to celebrate the Independence of our great nation from the oppression of foreign rule.

It started with a very contextual and very well executed celebration in the office. Choreography by youngsters to showcase some of the struggles of the freedom fighters and live performances of some of the patriotic songs by office staff made the environment really charged and energetic.

The celebration continued with trip to the great Punjab and specifically to the awesome city of Amritsar. Amritsar is a city full of history, religion and lots and lots of food options. The city was torn during the painful days of partition, and then further due to multiple military actions of some of the central governments.

The city has successfully and strongly rebounded back. A firm display of true Punjabi character. We were able to cover the following in a couple of days –

  1. Remembering the painful sacrifices of thousands during the massacre at Jallianwala Bagh
  2. Reliving the pain at the Partition Museum as part of #RememberingtheHorrorsofPartitionday
  3. Taking the blessings from Sri Harminder Sahib at the Golden Temple.
  4. Enjoying lassi from the 100 year old Giani Di Lassi.
  5. Relishing tasty food at Brother’s Dhaba.

Here are some pics from the trip.